Archives for May 2015


Sadly, now in the past tense!

Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA took place on Thursday night at the elegant Winter Garden Theatre and really, it shone!  It was a fantastic evening of films, comedy, singing, dancing and of great musicianship.  Attendees all remarked on the great energy in the theatre as well as a wonderful spirit of community.

Thanks so much to everyone who was able to come out to this first annual gala to support our ongoing capital campaign!

Spring Garden Party: Postponed

Due to the near certainty of thunderstorms and unpleasant weather tomorrow (Sat. May 30th), the Spring Garden Party is postponed.  We are looking to re-schedule after school and over the dinner hour on Tuesday June 2nd.

We’ll be weeding the front gardens and getting things ready for the summer.  Many hands make light work…  all are welcome.

RSVP that you are able to join us to [email protected]

Bring your labour, a canteen, and we’ll supply some treats to keep us going.


“Stepping Stones” – Grade 12 Dance Show

The Grade 12 Dance Majors are pleased to announce their final show on Thursday, June 4th at 4:00 p.m. “Stepping Stones”, a demonstration of culminating efforts by all the Grade 12 Dancers. They will perform a series of dances, performed in small groups, and choreographed by the dancers themselves. Join us in celebrating their final performance! FREE Admission!


Tonight (Thursday) is the Night!

Very excited about Shine at the Winter Garden tonight and hope you are, too!  There are still some good seats available and they will be available for sale through the day at Ticketmaster and tonight at the box office.

It’s going to be a great show!


Library Materials are due!!

As has been posted about for the last couple of weeks, and announced each day this week…  Reminder that ALL library materials are due back tomorrow (today…  depending upon when you’re reading this!) Thursday, May 28th.

Thank you to everyone who has been returning their Library materials.

Please be prompt with your returns so we don’t have to make those dreaded phone calls home to chase your outstanding items.

end of year return poster

Art Work Pick Up

Those who purchased art work at our art sale last Thursday are reminded that pick up ends tomorrow at 6.30pm. We are available today during school hours as well.

Any questions please email me at [email protected]

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Lens Flare Summer Film Camp

Lens Flare Film Camp is a 7 day summer intensive hosted at ESA for students interested in learning about filmmaking, those entering the ESA film program or those wishing to improve their portfolio and skills. We are 60% full and the last few spots are likely to fill up soon. If you are interested in registering a camper at Lens Flare, visit or email [email protected]

Shine tickets – new seat?

I had a call from a parent today to let me know that she was able to change her $50 seat for one closer to the stage.  She said that she contacted Ticketmaster and, for a fee of $14, they moved her to a great new seat.  She thought you might want to know!

Thanks for coming out on Thursday night!

Student Protest at ESA

On Tuesday, there was a protest at the school regarding our dress code.  It was a response to a student being told that her outfit was inappropriate for school.  The protest took the shape of students wearing crop tops, bralettes, sports bras, etc.  I met with about 200 students in the library so we could discuss the issue – I think it was a great talk and we will be continuing it.  Students afterwards told me that they felt listened to and appreciated the opportunity to talk as a community.  In the meeting, many students expressed their feelings that dress codes sexualize students and that they should be able to wear what they want, almost without restriction.  My take on this was focused on the idea that the school is a professional work-space and that some outfits that might be appropriate in some settings are not appropriate for all school settings – finding that line in a place where we want to encourage freedom of thought and expression can be tricky.

We want everyone to feel comfortable in this space.  We are a community of learners and these kinds of discussions contribute to our collective understanding of each other’s perspectives and experiences.

I’m looking forward to continuing the discussion with our community of students, staff, and parents.  As always, I am very open to your feedback!

Black Legged Ticks Memo

Black legged Ticks Memo

Shine! $25 dollar student tickets ($50 for adults)

Shine is coming fast and we are still looking to have you join us!

$25 student tickets are now available and all seats in the house are now $50 for adults.  It is going to be a fantastic show and we really need your support to make the evening a full house!


Come out and support the capital campaign, Part 1!

REMINDER: School Council Meeting is this Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Location: ESA Library; Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm/ Meet and Greet 7:00pm – 7:15pm

Join us for our final school council meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. We welcome your input and suggestions for next year. Help be part of making a difference! School Council meetings are open to all and are an excellent forum to voice what matters to you as parents. It is a great way to connect with other parents, administration, and the goings on at ESA. If you have any suggestions or questions, please send them to us at [email protected]   ESA School Council Agenda May 26 2015

Sandra and Tanja
School Council Co-Chairs